Comment 71112

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 07, 2011 at 22:29:13 in reply to Comment 71111

So why is a nighclub preferable to a bingo hall, thrift shop or head shop? There's way more violence and 9-11 calls associated with the Honest Lawyer, Tailgate Charlies or the (dreaded) old Fever than you'd ever witness with these.

You may not think much of these places or the people who patronize them, but beyond asthetics or class antagonism, what threat do they really pose? Poor people are spending money downtown, the businesses which serve them are open, paying their rent and taxes. There isn't much doubt that the landlords would take posh cafes and bakeries in a second over tenants like these, so where are they?

Correlation does not mean causation. Just because these types of outlets tend to locate in low-income areas does not mean they create them, or that prosperity will magically occur if they're forced out. A slightly less superficial analysis might suggest that these kinds of businesses locate where they can afford to open and where there's a market for them.

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